The Green Bay Packers picked up their third win of the season as they defeated the Denver Broncos 27-16 on a rainy day at Lambeau Field.
The Packers struck early as Rodgers found Valdez-Scantling for a touchdown in the first quarter. Aaron Jones found the endzone in the second quarter and a Mason Crosby field goal put the Packers up 17-10 heading into halftime.
Jones found the endzone for the second time in the third quarter on a play that bounced to the outside. Crosby knocked down another field goal in the fourth quarter, which was all the points the Packers needed to get the win.
I try never to react quickly to a game, especially before film study, but there is a lot of things to dissect after this game. Here are a few of my thoughts shortly after the Packers win:
- The defense was up and down all game. It seemed like it was either hot or cold. Although they came away with 6 sacks, which to me is a huge stat, they surrendered 310 yards; with 149 of those yards on the ground. Denver pounded the ball at the Packers early in the game, and the Packers had a hard time finding an answer to the dive game.
- Jaire Alexander had another great game. He looked smooth in his drops in zone coverage and was able to redirect several times against the run and come up to make plays. He also came away with a key forced fumble.
- Blake Martinez ended the day with 12 total tackles. He will be an interesting player to watch on film. I thought he struggled at times against inside runs but fared well against outside runs. He has a great angle against zone plays but can get caught up in the mess against dive looks.
- Rashan Gary got his first career sack in this game. It was good to see him get in the mix. He had been relatively quiet during the first two games of the season.
- Preston Smith had 3 sacks, a forced fumble, and 5 total tackles. If I had to pick a player of the game, he’d be it.
- The running game was not there this week for the Packers. Jones finished the day with 19 yards on the ground while Williams had a decent 59 yards. The outside zone game still isn’t where it should be. I know that is what LaFleur really wants to hammer at defenses.
- Rodgers ended the day going 17/29 for 235 yards and 1 touchdown. He had a solid game for the most part, minus some bad throws early in the game. Rain could have been a factor, but I thought he looked comfortable in the pocket throughout the game. The offense is starting to get in a better rhythm week to week.
- Third down was not kind to the Packers offense. They ended the day going 2-9. They have got to find a way to win the down. To me, that has been the most frustrating thing about this offense.
- Denver owned the time of possession. They ended the game with 35:34, while the Packers had 24:26.
- Tackling was not the defenses strong suit today. They struggled to wrap up and get to the football.
- Danny Vitale had a nice reception for 27 yards. I was hoping to see him get the touchdown, but it set up an easy touchdown run for Aaron Jones.
The Packers will have a short week of practice as they get ready to take on the Philadelphia Eagles on Thursday night.
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